Barrichello happier with HANS

Rubens Barrichello has been trying out a modified version of the HANS system in testing this week and appears to be somewhat happier with it. An extra belt has been added to the device, a solution devised by David Coulthard, which makes the...

Rubens Barrichello has been trying out a modified version of the HANS system in testing this week and appears to be somewhat happier with it. An extra belt has been added to the device, a solution devised by David Coulthard, which makes the driver's position in the cockpit more comfortable.

Barrichello was quoted by the Italian press as saying the non-exemption rule by the FIA in regard to HANS was 'a joke' but he has no choice but to wear it now, or he will have to be replaced.

"It seems good, better than the old system," Barrichello told Autosport about the modified HANS. "I'd like to try it on a long run to make a final decision, though."

Toyota's Olivier Panis revealed that he had a similar problem to Minardi's Justin Wilson with his HANS, when it came loose during testing. Wilson was hospitalised after the Malaysian GP because the seatbelts slipped off the device and caused him numbness in his arms.

Panis' belts slipped when cornering in testing at Barcelona today; "If that had happened in a grand prix it would have been a problem," he remarked.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Justin Wilson
Teams Minardi